Extinct Ibex is Resurrected by Cloning

Posted on February 1, 2009  Comments (1)

Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning

The Pyrenean ibex, a form of wild mountain goat, was officially declared extinct in 2000 when the last-known animal of its kind was found dead in northern Spain. Shortly before its death, scientists preserved skin samples of the goat, a subspecies of the Spanish ibex that live in mountain ranges across the country, in liquid nitrogen.

Using DNA taken from these skin samples, the scientists were able to replace the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats, to clone a female Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo as they are known. It is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned.

Sadly, the newborn ibex kid died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs. Other cloned animals, including sheep, have been born with similar lung defects. But the breakthrough has raised hopes that it will be possible to save endangered and newly extinct species by resurrecting them from frozen tissue.

It has also increased the possibility that it will one day be possible to reproduce long-dead species such as woolly mammoths and even dinosaurs.

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One Response to “Extinct Ibex is Resurrected by Cloning”

  1. Karthik
    February 6th, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    That’s a good news for all animal lovers.But,I don’t think permission would be given to bring dinosaur back to life :P. But the only problem with cloning is that the health/life span of the clone is not very encouraging.

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